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An Introduction to Lawrence University

Lawrence University is one of the United States’ only liberal arts college and conservatory of music that are both devoted entirely to undergraduate education. The administration and faculty believe that college should not be a one-size-fits-all experience. At Lawrence, they believe you learn best in an individualized environment.

Lawrence University provides a personalized, meaningful education that gives you the flexibility to develop and combine your own talents and passions at a level few colleges can match.

Liberal Arts College Plus Conservatory Equals Lawrence University

Though Lawrence is a university, you won’t find any graduate students around campus. Instead, Lawrence is a university because it combines a college and a conservatory under one roof. The college houses about 75% of students, while the conservatory houses about 25% of students. This combination leads to an environment of cooperation and collaboration between students.

The Power of Engaged Learning

Like most private colleges, Lawrence offers a small student-to-faculty ratio (8:1) and average class size (15). However, unlike most private colleges, Lawrence teaches an extraordinary number of one-on-one courses - honors projects, tutorials, and studio classes - in which one student works directly with a professor. Of the 2,000 courses taught at Lawrence last year, nearly two-thirds had total enrollments of one.

By the time they graduate, 90 percent of Lawrence students will have taken a one-on-one class.

Academic Diversity

With dozens of academic programs, hundreds of academic courses, and the boundless curiosity of a group of uniquely talented students, Lawrence University provides fertile ground for a garden of academic wildflowers. It is not unusual to find Lawrence students double-majoring in unusual ways: English and math, economics and percussion performance, or physics and studio art.

If you are interested in two or three (or more) majors or minors, you'll find that you're in good company at Lawrence, where the most popular academic interest is "multi-interested" (not "undecided"). Here you will have the options, encouragement, and guidance to explore your multiple interests, even as you discover new ones along the way.

Most Popular Academic Programs at Lawrence University

Lawrence University offers more than 30 majors, the most popular of which tend to be biology, economics, English, and psychology. The conservatory of music offers world-class majors in music performance, music theory and composition, and music education - all popular programs.

A Diverse Experience for a Diverse World

Lawrence's 1,500 students come from nearly every state and more than 50 countries to enjoy the distinctive benefits of this engaged - and engaging - community. It's a close-knit, residential, 24-7 campus filled with smart and interesting people who are comfortable being themselves - and comfortable letting others be themselves, too.

An International Hub

With about 12 percent of its students and 13 percent of its faculty coming from beyond the United States, Lawrence is one of the most internationally-diverse liberal arts colleges in the United States.

The university is based in Appleton, Wisconsin, a city of 72,000, which is the cultural and commercial heart of the Fox Cities (metro pop. 225,000). Appleton's airport, about 10 kilometers from campus, connects through to cities all over the world with direct flights to Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, Denver, Atlanta, and Cincinnati.

With easy access by car to Milwaukee (90 minutes), Chicago (3 hours), and Minneapolis (5 hours), Appleton is also recognized annually by numerous publications as one of the safest and best places to live in the United States.

Life After Lawrence

You will find Lawrence alumni all over the world working in business, technology, research, government, embassies, not-for-profit and service agencies, and education. Within 6 months of graduating, 73% of students are working, 22% are in graduate school, and 4% are volunteering or serving in the military.

Lawrence enjoys one of the nation's highest alumni (graduate) giving rates (the percentage of alumni who donate financially to their college), which tells us not only that they love their university, but that they are doing well enough financially to support it.

International Student Services

International Student Services (ISS) supports all international students at Lawrence, including academic, personal, and visa-related issues. ISS also manages the Friendship Family program, which connects interested students with local families to share cross-cultural experiences.

International House serves as a hub for student activity, and includes a kitchen where students gather to cook food from home, a television lounge for international programming, and a space available for Muslim prayer.

International student budget: $60,000, includes tuition, room and board, fees, miscellaneous expenses and transportation.

Financial Aid

Many international students receive merit scholarships that vary from $11,000 - $28,000 per year, based on academic or musical achievements, country of origin, and financial need.

International students may also receive need-based aid, such as grants from the institution.

Test Score Requirements

International students whose first language is not English are required to demonstrate English proficiency. Lawrence University accepts the following standardized test scores as proof of English proficiency: TOEFL 80 itb, IELTS 6.5, SAT 580 on Critical Reading, ACT 24 on English/Writing.

Application Fees and Deadlines

Lawrence University has no application fee. Early Decision: October 31; Early Action 1: November 1; Early Action 2: December 1; Regular Decision: January 15.

Location & Contact

Address 711 East Boldt Way SPC 29
54911-5699  Appleton
, WI
United States
Contact Mr. Ken Anselment
Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Email: excel@lawrence.edu
Phone: 920-832-6500
Fax: 920-832-6782

Majors & Degrees

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
Ancient/classical Greek Checkmark
Chinese Checkmark
Classics And Classical Languages Checkmark
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French Checkmark
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Japanese Checkmark
Latin Checkmark
Linguistics Checkmark
Russian Checkmark
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Legal Professions And Studies Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
Cognitive Psychology And Psycholinguistics Checkmark
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Social Psychology Checkmark
Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
Anthropology Checkmark
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Economics Checkmark
International Economics Checkmark
International Relations And Affairs Checkmark
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
Art History, Criticism And Conservation Checkmark
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Keyboard Instruments Checkmark
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Acceptance Rate

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Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
One recommendation
Required for some programs Other requirements may exist (see below)
Recommended A minimum high school GPA of 3
Other requirements: Audition for music majors

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer Not reported Not reported

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score Accepted 25th PercentileInfo icon 75th PercentileInfo icon
ACT Composite 26 32

Tuition & Fees

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Full-time student fees
Room & board
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Employees

Student Body

Total undergrad students
International Students
Out-of-state students


Hispanic/Latino 6.68%
Black or African American 3.34%
White or Caucasian 69.68%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.46%
Asian 5.04%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.07%
Two or more races 3.67%
Other 0.72%


Male (45.23%)
Female (54.77%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Cooperative housing
Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Men-only housing
Women-only housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 96%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Fall Festival, Jazz Celebration Weekend and Midwest Trivia Contest

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
Lawrence Swing Dancers, Lawrence International, Outdoor Recreation Club, Sustainable Lawrence University Gardens (SLUG) and Greenfire

Campus Security & Safety

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Other Campus Security & Safety:
evening patrols by trained security personnel


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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No Division 3 No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Crew No Checkmark No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Fencing Checkmark Division 3 No
Football No Division 3 No
Golf No Division 3 No
Ice Hockey No Division 3 No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
Softball Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving No Division 3 No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Ultimate Frisbee No Checkmark No
Volleyball Checkmark Checkmark No
Water Polo Checkmark No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Crew No Checkmark No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Fencing Checkmark Division 3 No
Football No No No
Golf No No No
Ice Hockey No Checkmark No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
Softball Checkmark Division 3 No
Swimming And Diving No Division 3 No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Ultimate Frisbee No Checkmark No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 3 No
Water Polo Checkmark No No


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 166
Part-time - 31
Male - 114
Female - 83